And with the guess of a password it seems a new Disney Travel Planner is born!
A nine-year-old girl in the United Kingdom surprised her family with a trip to Disneyland Paris much to the dismay of her father. While Ian Wilson slept, nine-year-old Susan grabbed his phone and managed to guess his PayPal password. She went on to spend £400 on flights and a hotel gift card, £381.84 on tickets to the theme park and Disneyland Express train for the next day, and £214.08 on a VIP tour of the Eiffel Tower. It wasn’t until three days later, when £1005.92 disappeared from his account, that Ian realized what his daughter had done.
“My immediate thought was that it was fraud so I phoned PayPal who told me the the payments had been made from a device they deemed normal for me and (they) did not consider it to be fraud,” he stated. After reviewing his phone’s internet history he found several travel planning sites had recently been visited. After asking Susan about it, he learned that while she didn’t even know what the Eiffel Tower was, she somehow managed to book the entire trip.
Susan was immediately remorseful and offered to pay her father back when PayPal, Yorkshire Bank, and the travel companies initially refused to refund Wilson because no fraud had been committed. PayPal later declared it “friendly fraud” and returned the money.
So parents be warned – just because you say no to a Disney vacation for you little ones, that doesn’t mean they won’t just go and book one themselves!
Photo Source: Ian Wilson/Facebook